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Apr 2, 2018

Fukuoka begins official recognition of LGBT partnerships

The Fukuoka Municipal Government on Monday began officially recognizing the partnerships of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples, adding to nationwide efforts to eliminate discrimination against sexual minorities. The city is the seventh municipality in the country to issue such certificates after Tokyo's Shibuya Ward ...

Japan making efforts to improve nightlife options for tourists

Mar 27, 2018

Japan making efforts to improve nightlife options for tourists

Many foreign tourists to Japan often question why public transportation, especially in areas of Tokyo renowned for their nightlife, is so limited after the last scheduled trains. Amid the country's ongoing tourism boom, officials are brainstorming for ideas to address this dissatisfaction, and others, and ...

Yanagawa serves up simple Japanese to engage overseas visitors

Feb 22, 2018

Yanagawa serves up simple Japanese to engage overseas visitors

Yanagawa, a tourist city in southwestern Japan, is working to offer omotenashi (hospitality) to visitors from abroad with yasashii (easy) Japanese that is simple for them to understand. The efforts of the city in Fukuoka Prefecture have been drawing attention as an effective way to ...